TOP OF 2018 / February:
Sharing a favorite frame from each month of this year for the next 12 days days (hopefully nothing I’ve previously posted).
This is a portrait of Kalitta Motorsports Top Fuel driver Doug Kalitta engine testing with his crew before making a run down the track.
Up until this point, I’d been fortunate enough to have previously photographed racing, but none of it really prepared me for the world of NHRA. I spent most of my time in the garage/pit area during this shoot. While the racing may last no more than a few seconds, hours are spent working on the cars. In fact, for those unfamiliar with the sport, these 10,000+ horsepower engines are torn apart and fully rebuilt after each run down the track. If the race is thrash metal, then the maintenance is classical; one is ferocious and direct while the other is complex yet harmonious. It’s a dance between patience and urgency, small tweaks vs. massive moves.
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